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“I had literally forgotten what happiness was, and the full mind”

[Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1891.] To Bob Stevenson [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 10-12] Saranac Lake, Adirondacks, New York, U.S.A. [Early October 1887] … Continue reading

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“The month it is the drear October by the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1890.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp- 22-24] [Saranac Lake, 6 October 1887] I know not the day; but the month it is the drear October … Continue reading

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“Lord, what a silly thing is popularity!”

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 6, 1881.] To Henry James [Colvin 1911, 3, pp. 6-7] [Newport, 18 September 1887] My dear James, Here we are at Newport in the house of the good Fairchilds; and … Continue reading

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“Why have I allowed myself to rot so long on land?”

The moment of RLS’s arrival at New York was that when his reputation had first reached its height in the United States, owing to the popularity both of Treasure Island and Kidnapped, but more especially to the immense impression made … Continue reading

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“You always complain there are no facts in my letters”

A succession of RLS’s friends had visited and spent part of the day or the evening with him at his hotel in London, on Sunday, August 20th 1887, each bringing some farewell gift or another. On the morning of the … Continue reading

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“I do not write possibly with all the really somewhat sickened gravity I feel”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1798.] To Anne Jenkin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 375-377] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, Late April 1887] My dear … Continue reading

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“But the odd problem is: what makes a story true?”

[As usual, for correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1766.] To Lady Taylor [Colvin 1912, pp. 222-223] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, c. 22 February, 1887] My dear Lady Taylor, I don’t know but what I agree fairly well … Continue reading

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